Burlendi Youth Shelter
Who are we?
Burlendi Youth Housing is a residential program staffed by trained and understanding youth workers that provides accommodation services for young people aged 15 to 17 years of age.
Burlendi Youth Housing is funded as part of the Inner North and North East Youth Homelessness Services, funded through the Department of Communities and Social Inclusion under National Affordable Housing Agreement (NAHA) and National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness (NPAH).
Burlendi provides Emergency-Short Term (3-12 month) housing for up to 8 homeless young people at a time. It is often the first time for some while that the young person has been in an environment with care and support to deal with the issues in their lives.
The shelter is staffed 24 hours a day, so there is always someone on hand to deal with any issues that need to be resolved.
Burlendi is located in the Northern suburbs of Adelaide, an area of socio-economic disadvantage and high need.
Clients are usually in receipt of the Independent Youth Allowance from Centrelink.
They are required to pay board and to pay for their own living expenses, bus tickets, clothing, recreation etc.
Essential facilities such as public transport, shopping, offices of the various Government departments and community resources are all within easy reach.
The house itself is large, and each client has their own bedroom and access to shared living areas. We also have a well-equipped recreation room where clients can spend their leisure time and 'let off some steam'
What do we do?
Young people can be referred to Burlendi by any current support agency. An initial intake and assessment will be made by staff at time of referral.
Once a young person is accommodated, they are allocated a Case Manager and Case Worker, and in consultation with the client, a case plan is developed.
There is a strong emphasis at Burlendi towards independent living skills and residents are encouraged to develop networks within the wider community. Although independent living skills are a major focus in our program, we also provide many other services to our clients, including;
- Advocacy with Government departments and the legal system,
- Encouragement and provision of links to recreation and leisure activities,
- Support towards family reconciliation where appropriate,
- Referral to job, education and training programs,
- Budgeting advice,
- Basic counselling,
- Referral to appropriate health services including mental health services,
- Information and advice,
- Alcohol and other drug support.
Clients are initially housed in the shelter, and when they have sufficient living skills, they may move to an on-site unit. This is a helpful 'stepping stone' to full independence, allowing space and opportunity to grow, but with 24 hour access to staff support.
Who Are Our Clients?
Our clients come to us from a variety of backgrounds, but usually there is or has been some family conflict which is the reason they cannot live at home.
For referrals or further information please contact
The Salvation Army Ingle Farm
PH: (08) 8397 9333
Fax: (08) 8396 5170
PO BOX Para Hills SA 5096
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